Research at Western


Undergrad Research

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Western’s focus on undergraduate research means students don't have to wait until they're a graduate student to work directly with professors to get involved, solve real-world problems, and present and publish their work. Western’s students do cutting-edge research, take renewable energy to the next level, design race cars, make art, create apps, and turn recycled waste into useful objects.


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Graduate Research

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Build supportive relationships with accomplished mentors who care as much about your future as you do. Conduct research at a leading university where collaboration is valued over competition. Join an inclusive community of scholars and professionals seeking to make a difference. Choose from over 30 graduate degree and certificate programs in STEM, education, the arts and humanities, and social and health sciences. Define your research goals at Western where we can, together, Make Waves.


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Window to a Solar Future

Harvesting solar energy using pigmented windows


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Faculty Research

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#7 Out of more than 600 institutions, Western ranks in the TOP 10 nationally for graduates who go on to earn research doctorates

-Survey of Earned Doctorates

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Sixty Days on the Martian Night Shift

Western faculty and students are working with NASA to find signs of life on Mars

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Melissa Rice
Geology and Physics
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Your Brain on Sugar

Western's Jeff Grimm uses sugar to study the neuroscience of cravings, addiction and relapse


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Jeff Grimm
Department of Psychology
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The Plastics Problem

WWU faculty and students are working to grow a new circular economy out of the plastic trash polluting our oceans


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John Misasi
Associate Professor of Engineering and Design
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Be well, when all is not well

Of course you don’t feel right. This is your brain in a pandemic. But you’re not alone, and things will get better


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The Latest Research News

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Gaia is Western’s online journal of research, scholarship and discovery


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